Scrub Jays are bullies. Plain and simple. Quite frankly, they don't care if you can fly, bark or meow. They will pick on you. There is no such thing as a communal bird feeder; it's theirs! We had two that frequented the backyard. I used to give them peanuts in the shell. They were very methodical. Grab one peanut, hide it, grab another peanut, hide it. The dogs sniffed out most of the peanuts and ate them. That kind of disoriented the Jays because they were sure about the hiding locations. The Jays would talk to each other. "Hey, did you steal my nuts?" "Why would I steal your nuts I've got my own nuts!" Then they would go pick on other birds or the dogs or the cat. Woody the Cat thought it was hilarious to watch the Jays look for missing nuts.
Bakersfield, California 2011
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